A crazy thing happened yesterday as my Toyota Camry Hybrid was moving through a car wash. The emergency button started flashing on my dashboard alerting me to the fact that my battery was extremely low. This was accompanied by another message – that my battery could not recharge because I was in neutral. I have gone through this car wash countless times and this never happened before. My heart started racing. I thought this is another indication of the “black cloud” that I have perceived to be hanging over my head this year. What happens when your car dies in the middle of a car wash conveyor belt?
I decided I had to believe I had enough juice. When I came out the other side, I put my foot on the brake (the battery charges when you do that). The car wash attendant yelled at me. I showed him my dashboard. He waved me through.
I knew I needed to drive a bit in local traffic, which would necessitate my breaking. After about 10 minutes, my battery was fine.
As is my practice, I always look for a message in my mishaps. Here’s what I deduced:
- You can run out of steam but you need to keep on going.
- You have to trust that you will be okay.
- You have the resources to troubleshoot a situation.
- You have to conserve your energy.
Yes. I even find lessons in a car wash. Hope you find some inspiration in my story.